Disa comosa (Rchb.f.) Schltr.1901 SECTION Monadenia

Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Full sun Cold Spring

Common Name The Hirsute Disa

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in S & SW Cape Province on rock ledges or in crevices in damp often half-shaded locations at elevations to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 3, basal, elliptic to rarely narrowly elliptic, semi-erect, leaves that are very different to the acute, conduplicate, cauline leaf sheaths above that blooms in the spring on an erect, 12" [30 cm] long, lax, often secund, several flowerded inflorescence.

Synonyms Disa affinis N.E.Br.1885; *Monadenia comosa Rchb.f. 1847; Monadenia rufescens Lindl.1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Monadenia comosa photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; A molecular phylogeny for the large African orchid genus Disa Bytebier 2006